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Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast

If you believe as I do that by uncovering tested, practical ways to help people move from functioning to flourishing at work, we can better navigate the incredible challenges and opportunities our world faces, then this podcast is for you. My goal each week is to give you access to the world’ leading positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and neuroscience researchers and practitioners to explore their latest research findings on how you can improve wellbeing, develop strengths, nurture positive relationships, make work meaningful and cultivate the grit to accomplish what matters most. If you want evidence-based approaches to bringing out the best in yourself and others at work, then consider this podcast your step-by-step guide.
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Mar 2, 2017

Angela Duckworth is a professor at The University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder and scientific director of The Character Lab. She has advised the White House, professional sports teams and Fortune 500 CEO’s.  

In this conversation, you will hear Angela discuss the research that she is doing on character with children and teachers in middle schools.  Character is not one thing, it is many.  Various character strengths fall into three dimensions: interpersonal character, intellectual character, and intrapersonal character.  Angela also talks about these types of characters in regards to the workplace.  You will also hear Angela talk about grit, and her opinions on the things workplaces are doing to try to cultivate grit. 

Connect with Angela Duckworth:

CharacterLab.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:59] - Angela shares some of the takeaways from her upcoming presentation on character at the 5th World Congress in Positive Psychology.  
  • [03:53] - In Angela’s research, she looked at a subsets of strengths in the VIA (Values in Action Inventory).
  • [05:31] - Angela says that self-control and grit are in the strength of will family.  
  • [06:41] - Angela describes the interpersonal strengths.  These allow you to appreciate other human beings.  
  • [07:36] - Angela lists some characteristics that she defines as intellectual character.
  • [09:26] - Angela talks about determining where students are in their strengths in these areas of character.  
  • [10:42] - Angela believes that these areas of character strengths are relevant to adults, in addition to youth.  She describes how these translate to the workplace.
  • [12:36] - Angela talks about the relationship between grit and character and their roles in achievement.
  • [14:00] - Grit is sought-after in the workplaces, and Angela talks about the idea that the role of character will grow in businesses.  She explains how strengths in some areas of character can lead to the individual being likelier to have or develop strengths in other areas of character.
  • [16:31] - Angela talks about what workplaces are doing to successfully cultivate grit.
  • [19:42] - Angela shares some concerns she has with workplaces implementing grit exercises.
  • [22:09] - The Lightning Round with Angela Duckworth.

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Special thanks to Angela for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

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